THE IMPACT of the National Planning Framework (NPF) and National Development Plan (NDP) on Mid West Region will be the topic of discussion at Shannon Chamber Lunch this Friday, June 15.
The event this Friday will hear from the Minister for housing, planning and local government, Eoghan Murphy.
This is the first time a Minister in this portfolio has addressed Chamber members, whose business growth and competitiveness are intrinsically linked to having a quality infrastructure, which is a central pillar of the NPF and the National Development Plan (NPD).
Shannon Chamber’s CEO Helen Downes said: “We are delighted that the Minister has given our members this opportunity to have future development plans for the region explained in this regional setting where their impact will be most felt. Our goal as a Chamber is to ensure that regional development is kept to the fore in all aspects of national planning.
“Whilst the NPF is a welcome signal from Government that it is serious about growing regional Ireland, one of the main stumbling blocks for growth in the regions has been a distinct lack of infrastructure. Thankfully, the Mid West is in a good place in terms of many aspects of infrastructure, and employment figures are good, but we still need to grow the population base within the region.
“As stated in the National Competitive Council’s Costs of Doing Business in Ireland 2018 report, ‘a well-functioning property market enhances the competitive performance of our cities and towns, improves quality of life and attracts overseas investment’. We look forward to hearing the Minister’s comments in this regard,” added Ms Downes.
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